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MCSO: Willits parolee arrested after deputy finds illegal drugs hidden in his car

Wesley Silva, 50

A Willits man was arrested last week after a sheriff's deputy stopped him for a traffic violation and ended up finding that the suspect was in violation of his parole and was carrying illegal drugs in a hidden compartment of his car.

It happened on April 8 at around 9:36 a.m., when a deputy with the MCSO observed a gold sedan committing a traffic violation in the area of Sherwood Road and Daphne Way, officials said. The deputy turned around to initiate a traffic enforcement stop on the sedan, which had begun traveling northbound on Sherwood Road.

The deputy continued to accelerate in an attempt to catch the gold sedan and activated the emergency lights and siren on the patrol vehicle to initiate a traffic stop. The gold sedan did not yield to the traffic stop and continued traveling at high rates of speed on Sherwood Road, the MCSO said.

Officials said after multiple turns, the deputy lost sight of the gold sedan and ended the pursuit. The deputy continued searching for the suspect and vehicle in the area of Madrone Drive, and after searching for five to 10 minutes noticed a man running in the road near the intersection of Maize Place and Maize Way. When the suspect saw the deputy, he ran off into a nearby wooded area, the sheriff's office reported.

The deputy was able to recognize the subject running as 50-year-old Wesley Silva, who had an active warrant out for his arrest. The deputy exited his patrol vehicle and ordered Silva to return to the roadway. Silva complied and was detained for the bench warrant without further incident, officials said.

MCSO dispatch confirmed that Silva had an active misdemeanor bench warrant for his arrest for violating the terms of his probation. Silva was also determined to be on active formal probation in Mendocino County with terms to include: Obey all laws, and submit person, residence or vehicle to search without warrant.

During the subsequent investigation, the deputy was able to find evidence linking Silva to the gold sedan involved in the earlier pursuit.

The Deputy located Silva's vehicle a short distance from where he detained the suspect. A search of Silva's vehicle was conducted pursuant to his probation terms and the investigating deputy found a hidden compartment inside Silva's vehicle that contained controlled substances, the MCSO said.

Silva was placed under arrest and charged with evading a peace officer while driving recklessly, using a false/hidden compartment, probation violation, possession of a controlled substance, and his misdemeanor bench warrant.

He was subsequently booked into the Mendocino County Jail on a no-bail status pursuant to the bench warrant issued for his arrest.

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